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Suburban Purchasing Cooperative

SSMMA cooperative purchasing program

The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative is a joint purchasing program sponsored by the Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC), DuPage Mayors & Managers Conference (DMMC) South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA), and Will County Governmental League (WCGL). Together the SPC represents 135 municipalities and townships in the Chicagoland region.

The following entities are eligible to participate in the SPC joint purchasing programs: Municipalities, Townships, Counties, Park Districts, Libraries, School Districts and Non-Profit Organizations.

The SPC exemplifies the benefits of intergovernmental cooperation on a regional basis. The goal of the SPC is to combine the resources and purchasing power of governments and not-for-profit entities to jointly negotiate advantageous contract terms on a line of high quality products at the lowest possible price.

Economies of scale in terms of pricing and staff resources are the prime objectives of the SPC Joint Purchasing Program. By purchasing through the SPC, participants not only save money but time as well. Acting as an extension of the purchaser’s staff, SPC staff works diligently in order to avoid the needless duplication of effort through in-house coordination of several functions involved in the procurement process.

According to 30ILCS 525/2 from CH. 85, pr. 1602 Sec. 2 (a) Any governmental unit may purchase personal property, supplies and services jointly with one or more other governmental units. All such joint purchases shall be by competitive bids as provided in Section 4 of this Act. (Source: P.A. 87-960.)

Since 2007, the SPC Program is centrally operated by the Northwest Municipal Conference with shared program oversight by the SPC Governing Board and SPC Technical Review Committee.

For additional information, contact Melissa Doud at (708)-922-4678 or melissa.doud@ssmma.org

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